The Boss Baby
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Created byMarla Frazee
Original workThe Boss Baby (2010)
OwnerDreamWorks Animation
(Universal Pictures)
Years2017-present
Films and television
Film(s)
Short film(s)
Animated series
Television special(s)
Audio
Soundtrack(s)

The Boss Baby is a media franchise made by DreamWorks Animation, loosely based on the 2010 picture book of the same name by Marla Frazee.[1] The franchise began with the 2017 film The Boss Baby and has since grown to include a sequel, two television series, and an interactive special.

The franchise's inciting incident is the birth of the titular character, later known as Ted, who arrives at 7-year-old Tim's home in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase, the series' timeline spanning to focus on a now 37-year-old Tim's daughters, the 7-year-old Tabitha and new Boss Baby Tina.

Feature films

Film U.S. release date Director Screenplay by Story by Producer
The Boss Baby March 31, 2017 Tom McGrath Michael McCullers Ramsey Ann Naito
The Boss Baby: Family Business July 2, 2021 Michael McCullers Tom McGrath and Michael McCullers Jeff Hermann

The Boss Baby (2017)

Main article: The Boss Baby

The Boss Baby is a 2017 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox, following a 7-year-old boy named Tim helping his baby brother who is a secret agent in the war for adults' love between babies and puppies.

The film was scheduled for a March 2016 release, but the release date was moved to March 31, 2017. The Boss Baby was released on Digital HD on July 4, 2017, and was released on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and Ultra HD Blu-ray on July 25, 2017 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.[2] The film features the voices of Alec Baldwin as the title character, along with Miles Bakshi, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow and Tobey Maguire.

The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021)

Main article: The Boss Baby: Family Business

The Boss Baby: Family Business is a 2021 American sequel to the 2017 The Boss Baby film, again produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures, following the estranged Templeton brothers being reunited by Tim's daughters, one of whom is a new agent from BabyCorp on a mission to uncover the dark secrets behind Tabitha's school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Armstrong.[3]

On May 25, 2017, Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation announced that a sequel was set to be released on March 26, 2021, but was delayed to September 17, 2021.[4] The film was moved up to July 2, 2021 and will also stream on Peacock on the same day for free.[5] On May 8, 2020, production was being done remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.[6] Along with a returning Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow, the film features the voices of James Marsden, Amy Sedaris, Ariana Greenblatt, Eva Longoria and Jeff Goldblum.

Untitled third Boss Baby film (TBA)

During a Q&A with Alec Baldwin and Amy Sedaris in 2021, a third Boss Baby film was announced to be in early development.[7]

Short films

The Boss Baby and Tim's Treasure Hunt Through Time (2017)

The Boss Baby and Tim's Treasure Hunt Through Time is a 2D and 3D animated short film released on July 25, 2017 on The Boss Baby Blu-ray and DVD pack, following Wizzie, the wizard from Tim's alarm clock, as he narrates Tim and Ted's (Boss Baby's) adventures in imagination.[2]

Precious Templeton: A Pony Tale (2021)

Precious Templeton: A Pony Tale is a 2D animated short film released on September 14 on The Boss Baby: Family Business Blu-ray and DVD pack, following a bedtime story to Tina and Tabitha about Precious, the pony Ted gave Tabitha as a lavish gift, who tries to win a carnival talent show from a rival horse, being narrated by Ted himself (reprised by Alec Baldwin).

Television series

Series Seasons Episodes First released Last released Showrunner(s) Network(s)
The Boss Baby: Back in Business 4 49 April 6, 2018 November 17, 2020 Brandon Sawyer Netflix
The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib 2 28 May 19, 2022 April 13, 2023

The Boss Baby: Back in Business (2018–20)

Main article: The Boss Baby: Back in Business

A computer-animated television series based on the first film, titled The Boss Baby: Back in Business, aired on Netflix between April 6, 2018[8] and March 16, 2020.[9] A total of 37[10] episodes were released. The cast featured new voice actors for the characters of Boss Baby (JP Karliak), Tim (Pierce Gagnon), Ted Templeton Sr. (David W. Collins), Janice Templeton (Hope Levy), Jimbo (Kevin Michael Richardson), and Staci (Alex Cazares), while Eric Bell Jr. reprised his role as The Triplets from the film.[9] This series was produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by NBCUniversal Television.[10]

The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib (2022–23)

Main article: The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib

On March 10, 2022, DreamWorks announced a new series and a possible continuation of Back in Business based on the characters from The Boss Baby: Family Business. It was released on May 19, 2022 on Netflix, with JP Karliak (the only actor reprising from Back in Business) reprising his role as the titular character, Ariana Greenblatt (the only actor reprising from Family Business) reprising her role as Tabitha, Max Mittelman replaces Pierce Gagnon from the first series as Tim, and Mary Faber and Krizia Bajos replace Amy Sedaris and Eva Longoria from the second film as Tina and Carol respectively.[11][12][13] A 2nd season of the show released on April 13, 2023.[14]

Television specials

The Boss Baby: Get That Baby! (2020)

The Boss Baby: Get That Baby!, an interactive special, was released on Netflix on September 1, 2020, featuring the cast of The Boss Baby: Back in Business television series.[15]

The Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus (2022)

The Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus, a Christmas special, was released on Netflix on December 6, 2022, featuring the cast of both The Boss Baby: Back in Business and The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib television series.[16]

Cast and characters

List indicator
Characters
Feature films Short films Television series Television specials
The Boss Baby
(2017)
The Boss Baby:
Family Business

(2021)
The Boss Baby and Tim's
Treasure Hunt Through Time

(2017)
Precious Templeton:
A Pony Tale

(2021)
The Boss Baby:
Back in Business

(2018–20)
The Boss Baby:
Back in the Crib

(2022–2023)
The Boss Baby:
Get That Baby!

(2020)
The Boss Baby
Christmas Bonus

(2022)
Theodore "Ted" Templeton Jr.
The Boss Baby
Alec Baldwin JP Karliak
Timothy "Tim" Templeton Tobey Maguire James Marsden Miles Bakshi James Marsden Pierce Gagnon Max Mittelman Pierce Gagnon Max Mittelman
Miles BakshiY Pierce GagnonY Pierce GagnonY
Janice Templeton Lisa Kudrow Hope Levy Hope Levy
Theodore "Ted" Templeton Sr. Jimmy Kimmel David W. Collins David W. Collins
Jimbo David Soren David Soren Kevin Michael Richardson
Staci ViviAnn Yee Character is silent Alex Cazares
Triplets Eric Bell Jr. Nicholas Gist Nicholas Gist Eric Bell Jr.
Francis Francis
Super Colossal Big Fat Boss Baby
Steve Buscemi
Eugene Francis Conrad Vernon
The Big Boss Baby Edie Mirman
Wizzie James McGrath
Story Bear James Ryan
Tabitha Templeton Nina Zoe Bakshi Ariana Greenblatt Ariana Greenblatt Ariana Greenblatt
Maya Tanida
Ariana Greenblatt
Tina Templeton
The New Boss Baby
Character is silent Amy Sedaris Amy Sedaris Mary Faber Mary Faber
Carol Templeton Eva Longoria Krizia Bajos
Dr. Erwin Armstrong Jeff Goldblum
Nathan Pickles Raphael Alejandro
Meghan Glick Serenity Brown
Dr. Tiffany Hamilton Tom McGrath
Lead Baby Ninja Raphael Alejandro
Mega Fat CEO / Regular Baby Flula Borg Flula Borg
Marisol Lopez-Lugo Sarah-Nicole Robles Sarah-Nicole Robles
Magnus David Lodge
Danny Petroski Justin Felbinger Justin Felbinger
Baby Hendershot Brandon Scott Brandon Scott
Frankie Aparna Nacherla
R&D Baby Simmons Kari Wahlgren Mara Junot Kari Wahlgren
Marsha Krinkle Kari Wahlgren
Buddy from HR Kevin Michael Richardson
Chip JP Karliak
Bootsy Calico Jake Green Jake Green
Wendi Wendie Malick Wendie Malick
Stevefan Tony Hale
Gigi Nora Dunn
Frederic Estes Victor Raider-Wexler Victor Raider-Wexler
Turtleneck Superstar Cynthia Erivo
Junior Fancy Diedrich Bader
Board Baby Emiliano Carlos Ponce
Bug the Pug Dee Bradley Baker
Hermano Menor Eric Lopez
Multi-Multi-Task CEO Baby Cheri Oteri
Gina and Tina Namashita Audrey Huynh
Dr. Kevin Regi Davis
Happy Sedengry Rhys Darby Rhys Darby
Maria–Maria Carla Tassara
OCB Aasif Mandvi
JJ Alex Cazares
Pip Karan Soni
Dez Zeke Alton
NannyCam No Filter CEO Baby Nicole Byer
Board Member Bradley Andy Richter
Yvette Isabella Crovetti
Mia Grace Kaufman
Antonio Antony Del Rio
Austin Ben Pierce
Sheriff Potty Pardner Andy Daly
Ranger Safety Binkerton Kyle Chandler
Santa Claus
Ron
George Lopez
PoopyDoopy Matthew Moy
Jingly Jangly Dana Davis
LaLa Doo-Da Jodi Benson
Tippy Tappy Sloppy Charles DeWayne
Diddly Doo Kalen Chase
Ding Dong Dongle Ray Chase
Noth Pole
Kyle
Ben Lepley
French Girl Amaryllis Aubel

Additional crew

Films

Film Detail
Composer Editor Production
companies
Animation
services
Distributor Running time
The Boss Baby Hans Zimmer
Steve Mazzaro
James Ryan DreamWorks Animation DWA Glendale
DWA India
20th Century Fox 1hr 37mins
The Boss Baby: Family Business Mary Blee
Mark Hester
DWA Glendale
Jellyfish Pictures
Universal Pictures 1hr 47mins

Television series

TV series Detail
Composer(s) Production companies Distributor(s) Network Running time
The Boss Baby: Back in Business Ben Bromfield and Ryan Elder DreamWorks Animation Television NBCUniversal Television and Streaming
Netflix
Netflix 22–24 minutes
The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib 22 minutes

Reception

Box office performance

Film Release date Box office gross Budget Ref.
North America Other territories Worldwide
The Boss Baby March 31, 2017 $175,003,033 $352,962,903 $527,965,936 $125 million [17]
The Boss Baby: Family Business July 2, 2021 $57,300,280 $89,445,000 $146,745,280 $82 million [18][19]
Total $232,303,313 $442,407,903 $674,711,216 $207 million

Critical and public response

Each film is linked to the "Critical response" section of its article.

Critical and public response of The Boss Baby films
Film Critical Public
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore PostTrak
The Boss Baby 53% (180 reviews)[20] 50 (32 reviews)[21] A−[22]
The Boss Baby: Family Business 46% (102 reviews)[23] 39 (20 reviews)[24] A[22] 74%[22]

Chronology

Chronological order of The Boss Baby franchise history:

  1. The Boss Baby (2017)
  2. The Boss Baby and Tim's Treasure Hunt Through Time (2017)
  3. The Boss Baby: Back in Business (2018–20) Seasons 1-3
  4. The Boss Baby: Get That Baby! (2020)
  5. The Boss Baby: Back in Business (2018–20) Season 4
  6. The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021)
  7. Precious Templeton: A Pony Tale (2021)
  8. The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib (2022–2023)
  9. The Boss Baby: Christmas Bonus (2022)

References

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  4. ^ McClintock, Pamela (December 28, 2020). "'Boss Baby' Sequel Delays Release to September 2021". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on December 31, 2020. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
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  14. ^ "'The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib' Season 2 on Netflix". March 30, 2023.
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